Category Archives: Natural Resources

The Relationship Between Fertility and National Income

We all heard that “demography is destiny”. But how many of us truly believe it? If demography was destiny, the world would look very different today. The two demographic giants China and India would be uncontested economic and military powers. The United … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, China, Communism, Demography, Economy, Education, Health Care, India, Natural Resources, Oil, Society, Sub-Saharan | 2 Comments

Rise of the Rest: A Vision Deferred

Changing demographics and the commodities crash have slowed down the development of poorer countries. Perhaps it all started with a turn in China’s demographics. Demand growth for commodities has declined sharply from recent years and has resulted in a crash of global prices. Copper is … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, BRIC countries, China, Churchill, Commodities, Demography, Economy, Education, Emerging Markets, India, Investment, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Resources, Nigeria, Oil, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Society, Tanzania | 1 Comment

Why Is Brazil the New America? Hint: Water

Brazil is the world’s superpower of water, writes JAMES DALE DAVIDSON in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: If you would like to get a firsthand peek at the bright future of Brazil, but you don’t have $7,500 for a business-class fare … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Emerging Markets, Natural Resources, United States, Water

Book Review: ‘World Population Policies’ Offers Sweeping Overview of a Complex Field

ELIZABETH LEAHY MADSEN REVIEWS JOHN MAY’S NEW BOOK ‘WORLD POPULATION POLICIES’ FOR THE WOODROW WILSON INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR SCHOLARS:  With much attention in the international family planning community directed to the impending anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development and … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Asia, China, Demography, Economy, Emerging Markets, Environment, Family Planning, Natural Resources, Sub-Saharan

Bjørn Lomborg: Environmental Alarmism, Then and Now

BJORN LOMBORG WRITES IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS: The Club of Rome’s Problem — and Ours. Forty years ago, humanity was warned: by chasing ever-greater economic growth, it was sentencing itself to catastrophe. The Club of Rome, a blue-ribbon multinational collection of … Continue reading

Posted in Demography, Economy, Emerging Markets, Environment, Hunger, Natural Resources, Poverty

Royal Society: ‘People and the Planet’ Report

The Royal Society, the UK’s 350-year old academy of science, issued a report today calling for ‘a more equitable future for humanity’. The 134-page People and the Planet report highlights the rapid growth of the world population and its resulting pressures on natural resources and … Continue reading

Posted in Demography, Economy, Environment, Natural Resources, Poverty, United Kingdom